Daily Harvest -- 8/5/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: House Minority Leader says bigger nutrition cuts mean no farm bill
- (Audio) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the House Republican plans to propose $40 billion in reductions to nutrition programs ensures there will not be a farm bill.
Agri-Pulse: Audio Open Mic with Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kans.
- Jenkins speaks out about federal agencies and their heavy handed approach in regulating business and industry.
Reuters: Senate names negotiators for U.S. farm bill stuck in House
- The U.S. Senate has appointed its negotiators for writing a final farm bill, weeks before the House of Representatives aims to complete its version, which has been repeatedly delayed by a fight over how much to cut funding for food stamps.
Roll Call: Farm Bill Negotiations to Continue Into September As Expiration Looms
- Sen. Jeff Flake in a colloquy before lawmakers adjourned for their August recess helped Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow lay down her markers for shaping a final farm bill, or, failing that, another extension of the 2008 farm bill, by questioning continued payments for cotton farmers.
Billings Gazette: Daines: Half measures unacceptable for farm bill
- U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said he won’t settle for another short-term agriculture spending bill should Congress fail to pass a farm bill by September’s end.
LA Times: What do food stamps buy?
- The public, including Congress, knows almost nothing about how the program's $80 billion is spent. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the program, isn't telling.
FOOD & NUTRITION
Agri-Pulse: USDA data: Farmers markets sprouting nationwide
- The United States has added more than 3,000 farmers markets in the past five years, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Anne Alonzo Saturday announced at the launch of National Farmers Market Week.
Washington Post: USDA reviews whether bacteria-killing chemicals are masking salmonella
- The Agriculture Department is reviewing research showing that new bacteria-killing chemicals used in chicken slaughterhouses may be masking the presence of salmonella and other pathogens that remain on the birds that consumers buy, according to records and interviews.
New York Times: Hog Producers Battling to Contain Virus That Has Killed Piglets by the Thousands
- The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, which is deadly only to young pigs and poses no food safety risks or danger to humans, appeared in the United States for the first time last spring in Ohio and within weeks had spread to four other states. The outbreak led to a flurry of lab testing and a survey of the industry to determine how the virus had entered the country.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
Agri-Pulse: WTO rejects China's duties on imports of U.S. chicken
- A World Trade Organization panel has ruled that China violated its WTO obligations by imposing higher duties on broiler chicken imports from the United States in 2010. The duties precipitated an 80 percent drop in U.S. chicken sales to China.
Wall Street Journal: Canada-EU Trade Negotiators Draw Up “Break-Out Package” on Outstanding Issues
- Trade negotiators for Canada and the European Union have drawn up a proposal they hope will bridge the differences that are blocking a free trade deal after more than four years of talks, according to people familiar with the matter.
Bloomberg: China Halts Fonterra Milk-Powder Imports in Blow to N.Z.
- New Zealand said China halted imports of milk powders from Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd. after the world’s largest dairy exporter warned of a contaminated ingredient.
CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENT & WILDLIFE
Washington Post: Nation’s largest irrigation district fights for water, twin tunnel project for Calif. farmers
- The powerful Westlands Water District, which comprises 700 large-scale operations spanning 600,000 acres in western Fresno and Kings counties, has become one of the loudest proponents and top financiers of a twin tunnel project that would provide a new avenue for shipping water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta south to farms and cities.
Agri-Pulse: Judge halts domestic horse slaughter
- A federal judge granted a Temporary Restraining Order against USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to prevent the inspection of horse slaughter facilities to go forward.
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